Brazilian airline Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes has placed an order for 60 new Boeing 737 Max aircraft in what has become its largest ever deal, breakingtravelnews.com writes.
Worth in the region of $6 billion (£3.7 billion), the deal will see the low-cost carrier, which flies to 75 destinations in South America and the Caribbean, take ownership of the first plane in 2018. The order by far exceeds any other that Gol has placed in its 12-year history.
Although the airline is struggling to maintain a foothold in the market, currently making 12 per cent of its staff redundant, Gol believes operating a fleet of 737 Max planes is a way to cut costs. Plus, they are 13 per cent more fuel efficient that Gol’s current stock.
It is said to ‘build on the strength of Boeing’s Next-Generation 737′ – a best-seller which incorporates huge technological advancements in environmental performance and fuel-efficiency.
“The decision to order Boeing 737 Max is in line with our commitment to maintaining a modern and safe fleet that will allow us to sustain our competitive advantage in the long term,” Gol’s chief executive, Paulo Kakinoff, told bbc.co.uk.
“The new airplanes will have one of the best cost-efficient ratios in the market due to its unique operational economy so it is fully compatible with our low-cost model.”